For Sale: 1986 Aston Martin Vantage in Sarasota, Florida

Vehicle Description

This particular Volante, production sequence number 15429, was completed in October 1985 and registered as a 1986 model. This US delivery Aston Martin was shipped to Star Motor Cars in Houston, Texas and sold to its first owner, Ms. Susan L. Smith on February 5, 1987. Originally delivered in dark metallic grey, the car was trimmed in tan Connolly leather with matching Wilton carpets. Ms. Smith retained the car until selling it in August 2003 to the second owner, Mr. James Taylor, Los Gatos, CA.
During this period of ownership considerable work was performed on the car at Autosport Designs, NJ. The improvements included a ZF 5-speed gearbox and selected pieces of the interior wood panels were refinished.

The third and current owner purchased the car from Mr. Taylor in May 2011. Determined to make the car the best it could be, the current owner performed a detailed review of all mechanical and electrical components and began a program of upgrading and restoring the car that was carried out over several years.
The brakes, bushings, suspension components and many other items were either replaced or upgraded.
In 2012, Aston Martin specialists at Proto-Tech Services Ltd in Edmonton, Alberta were contracted by the current owner to bring the car to a high level of performance while meeting exacting mechanical standards. The original matching numbers engine was removed, disassembled, and rebuilt to Aston Martin “Vantage” specifications – with the exception of the carburetors.

During the engine rebuild, the engine was bored from 5.2 liter to 5.7-liter displacement; compression increased from 8:1 to 10:1; four Vantage specification cam shafts were installed; both timing chains were replaced, and the heads were hand ported and tested on a flow bench achieving a 15% increase in air flow. During this time, the factory specified 42 mm Weber carburetors were rebuilt and tuned to the correct specifications. Importantly, while Vantage specification engines utilized 48 mm Weber carburetors, the original 42 mm carbs were retained as they offer superior mid-range performance more suited to typical recreational driving. Continuing with the mechanical refinements, a new clutch was installed, and all peripheral engine components were rebuilt, replaced or upgraded including the water pump, fuel pump, starter, alternator, and power steering pump. The air box and cam shaft covers were ceramic coated for durability and appearance. Full length Vantage headers and a proper Vantage cruciform exhaust were installed along with an improved MSD ignition. The two US smog pumps and four catalytic converters were removed for further performance gains. A European specification air box was installed. Upgrades to the engine resulted in dramatically improved performance for an already potent car. In September 2018 Alpine Autowerks of Calgary, Alberta, tuned and dyno tested the engine which revealed <strong>314</strong> horsepower at the rear axle at 5,400 rpm. Rear axle horsepower is equivalent to <strong>393</strong> brake horsepower at the flywheel, representing an approximate 30% increase over stock specifications.

While much of the mechanical systems were being improved, the original BBS wheels were trued, balanced, and the outside edges custom polished. The shock absorbers were replaced with factory specified “Vantage” Koni units. New rear coil springs were installed with a 20% higher rating than the factory springs, eliminating sag to the rear of the car and improving cornering ability. The interior was tended to, including refurbishing the front seat leather, matched to the original tan color. All wool carpeting in the cabin and trunk were replaced with correct Wilton carpeting purchased from England. The convertible top was replaced in 2016 with all rubber weatherproofing strips needing attention replaced with Aston Martin parts. The hydraulic pump for operating the convertible top was rebuilt. A new power antenna was installed, and the interior leather door panels were removed so that the power window slides could be properly lubricated. All electrical motors such as the power mirrors, trunk opener, fuel flaps, etc. were serviced and tested for smooth operation. In April 2019, the car was repainted by McKay Auto Body in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and finished in Rolls Royce Balmoral Green, a period correct Aston Martin color. The paint was applied to all exterior surfaces, door jambs, and underside surfaces of all opening body features. New stainless-steel bumpers, stainless steel bumper brackets, and new rear red fog lights were sourced and replaced. The rear bumpers, valence and lights now appear exactly as they left the factory for non-US cars.

Today, with just over 50,000 miles showing, this beautifully restored and upgraded Aston Martin presents as an elegant statement of power and prestige. The Emerald green paint is smooth and glossy with a deep luster containing just the right amount of metal flake to make the reflections glimmer in the sunlight. The body work and paint are of very high quality with excellent finish throughout the exterior surfaces.

Vehicle Details

  • 1986 Aston Martin Vantage
  • Listing ID: CC-1684959
  • Price: $235,000
  • Location:Sarasota, Florida
  • Year:1986
  • Make:Aston Martin
  • Model:Vantage
  • Exterior Color:Balmoral Green
  • Interior Color:Tan Leather
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Engine Size:V-8
  • Odometer:0
  • Convertible:Yes
  • Trim Level:Volatne
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Exterior Condition:Mint
  • Seat Material:Leather
  • CD Player:Yes
  • Air Conditioning:Yes
  • AM/FM Radio:Yes
  • Bucket Seats:Yes
  • Cruise Control:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Power Locks:Yes
  • Power Windows:Yes
  • Bored:Yes
  • Engine History:Rebuilt
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive
Listed By:
Vintage Motors Sarasota
5500 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243

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